I have been having a blast with Zorin OS 16 and I will probably roll with it until the 20.04 LTS nature of it holds me back, so great job in the Core edition to the Zorin Team.
But when it comes to switching to Zorin OS Pro... Everyone who knows Linux and buys Pro either does it for the comfyness or to support the devs.
This is great, the freedom to decide how much you value your OS, and if you believe the OS is worth it, you either contribute to it or put money on it. Beautiful mindset, almost like elementary OS does, the Free as in Freedom ideal instead of being forced to pay/put up with unwanted features like telemetry.
Great philosophy in my end and all...
Anyone can easily install the layouts and everyone here acknowledges it anyways: I have been talking in other forums and good points were made, like:
They sell a "pro" version that comes with more themes? And "Professional-grade creative suite of apps" (aka gimp, blender, etc.)? Why would anyone buy this?
Why not just be honest and sell the support on it's own? And maybe have a "donation" edition that is pay what you want?
This way, it just looks like a scam. They should just be honest. If they were honest about it, I might be inclined to recommend this.
And the most striking one which I partially agree with:
But as it stands, it's an insult and just makes them look unprofessional and scammy
It is slightly misleading for some people, you might mislead new users to think these creative suites are exclusive to some extent
I don't think you're scamming anyone as right below you just offer the Core edition without the themes or conveniences pre-installed, so hence concludes my introductory essay to the real point of this topic:
One killer deal can be to offer stuff like iCloud and Microsoft already do, albeit they charge separately for more space which might be a selling point for you (or not)
I'll be suggesting the ones that wouldn't really cost thousands on dollars on your end and you guys tell me if it may be viable:
Sync your configuration files in the cloud.
VSCode already does that so, in my end, it's not a "please do it ASAP" feature request, but I bet some folks would like to sync their settings between their desktops and their laptops.
Maybe? There's tons of FOSS mail implementations, if you keep the Zorin aesthetic from the forums some people will just use it because it looks good. Also, you may want to advertise it as private to get more advertising going for you guys.
Maybe keep "zorin" for yourselves and offer users another domain name like mail.zorin.com, by the way
And I'd suggest a Zorin Cloud, but maybe that requires just too much bandwidth and storage for you.
Anyways, that's all because it is true that selling Pro for a bunch of bucks is seen as a donation here (I do think that too!) but a ripoff to some eyes outside of the forums. I might consider buying Pro if that means I get cloud services integrated with my OS in a blink, but depends on the price tag, though... I'm assuming a configuration sync wouldn't be too costly, would it?
- I would still use Core
- I would buy Pro
- I always had Pro